Teen pregnancy by the numbers 

click image Teen birth rate per 1,000 female population, ages 15-19. [Click on image for an interactive map of county-level data.] - COURTESY OF COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG
  • Teen birth rate per 1,000 female population, ages 15-19. [Click on image for an interactive map of county-level data.]
  • Courtesy of countyhealthrankings.org


More than half of Indiana's high school students are having sex, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But birth control is not one of the state's strong suits: More than one in three Indiana teenage girls will give birth.

"It's clear the abstinence-only approach isn't working," Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, said in a statement issued Monday following the Senate's support for a resolution to study teen pregnancy.

With 348 births per 1,000 females in 2011, Indiana's teen birth rate tracked ahead of the national average of 313, according to HHS. Senate Resolution 33 now sits with the Indiana House of Representatives.

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